BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Meet the history makers


If you're a major league history buff, a la Tim Kurkjian or some other members of the "Baseball Tonight" crew, Sunday was one of those golden baseball days. Sure, the NFL season got back in full swing, but there were memorable moments throughout the majors.

The day started with Curtis Granderson joining one of the most elite clubs in baseball history. Though the Tigers lost to the Mariners, Granderson became only the third player with 20 homers, 20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 stolen bases in a season.

Continuing along later in the afternoon, Pedro Martinez won his second straight start for the Mets. He now has the best winning percentage in history among pitchers with 300 career decisions.

Not long thereafter, Todd Helton achieved a milestone that has been somewhat overlooked in this season of glory. He became the first player to hit at least 35 doubles in 10 straight seasons, and his team got a much-needed win.

Individual accomplishments figure to be in the spotlight this week, and we haven't even mentioned the biggest of the bunch. With home runs in three straight games, Jim Thome is now two away from becoming the sixth active player with 500. And with home runs in five straight games, perhaps Alex Rodriguez will make his own historic chase toward the major league record of eight straight, a mark Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly owns a share of.

20-DOUBLE, 20-TRIPLE, 20-HOMER, 20-STEAL CLUB
Player Team
Curtis Granderson 2007 Tigers
Willie Mays 1957 Giants
Frank "Wildfire" Schulte 1911 Cubs

BEST WIN PERCENTAGE (MINIMUM 300 DECISIONS)*
Pedro Martinez .693 (208-92)
Whitey Ford .690 (236-106)
Lefty Grove .680 (300-141)
Christy Mathewson .665 (373-188)
Roger Clemens .658 (354-184)
*Since 1900

MOST 35-DOUBLE SEASONS IN HISTORY
Tris Speaker 14
Pete Rose 12
Stan Musial 11
Todd Helton* 10
Craig Biggio 10
*Only player with 10 straight seasons of 35 or more doubles

NEWS AND NOTES
Jay Gibbons • Orioles OF Jay Gibbons received performance-enhancing steroids and human growth hormone after both substances were banned by baseball, SI.com reported. Gibbons is the latest athlete to be linked to the Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications. MLB asked Friday to meet with St. Louis' Rick Ankiel and Toronto's Troy Glaus after two reports said they received performance-enhancing drugs from Signature Pharmacy several years ago.

• Jeremy Bonderman's season might be over. The Tigers will probably shut down the right-hander because of a nagging elbow injury that is not getting better. "This guy is a trooper and wanted to go out there for us," manager Jim Leyland said after a 14-7 loss to the Mariners. "But he's not right." Bonderman (11-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings in what might end up being his final outing of the season. Bonderman was 10-1 after beating Seattle on July 13, but he is 1-8 since and has given up at least six earned runs in five of his past nine starts.

Jason Bay • Pirates OF Jason Bay (right knee) will have an MRI exam on Monday. Bay did not play in the Pirates' 10-5 win over the Cubs after leaving Saturday night's game in the fourth inning. Bay, who had minor left knee surgery during the offseason, has been dealing with soreness on and off for the entire season, according to MLB.com. "It's the worst that it's been," he told the Web site.

• The Orioles placed AL strikeouts leader Erik Bedard on the 60-day DL, opting to end his season rather than wait for him to rebound from a strained muscle near his right rib cage. Bedard finishes 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and a club-record 221 K's. He has not pitched since Aug. 26, when his career-record nine-game winning streak was snapped. Bedard was on course to become the first Oriole to win the AL strikeout crown since Bob Turley in 1954, and had an outside shot at winning the Cy Young Award. Now he's probably out of the running for both.

• Frank Coonelly, MLB's chief labor counsel, has emerged as the top candidate to become the Pirates' president. Coonelly, who coordinates the arbitration process, would oversee the Bucs' day-to-day operations -- the job held by Kevin McClatchy since 1996. McClatchy, once the Pirates' primary owner, announced in July he would resign as CEO at season's end.

BROOM TOWN
Yankees beat Royals for three-game sweep.
IN THE ZONE
Pat Burrell Pat Burrell hit his 27th homer and drove in three runs in the Phillies' 8-5 win over the Marlins. Burrell was batting only .201 on July 1 and was the No. 1 target for Philly's boo birds. But he hit .290 in August and has 54 RBIs in his last 57 games. Fans now stand and cheer every time he jogs out to left.
OFF TARGET
AP Photo/Mark Avery
Orlando Cabrera avoided getting hit by a foul ball, but the Angels fell 6-2 to the Indians.
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
GOOD
Josh Beckett Josh Beckett won his 18th game as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-2. Beckett (18-6) allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking none. The right-hander is 4-1 lifetime against the Orioles, including 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts at Baltimore.
BAD
Jonathan Broxton Jonathan Broxton blew his fifth save of the season in the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Giants. Broxton gave up a three-run home run to Ray Durham in the eighth inning -- the third home run he's allowed in his last four appearances -- and now has a 6.75 ERA in six games in September.
UGLY
Phil Dumatrait File Phil Dumatrait's start under forgettable. The rookie surrendered three straight home runs to the Brewers and didn't record an out in the Reds' 10-5 loss. Dumatrait (0-4) faced five batters, allowing five hits and four runs before being pulled by manager Pete Mackanin.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"We're not dead yet."
-- Mariners utility man Willie Bloomquist
FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY
Joel Pineiro • Cardinals at Cubs, 3:20 p.m. ET: With the NL Central still up for grabs, Joel Pineiro (5-3, 4.28) gets the call for St. Louis. Pineiro has resuscitated his career since joining Cards. He is 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts. Ted Lilly (14-7, 3.85) goes for his second straight victory after winning for the first time since Aug. 9 in his last outing.

Tim Hudson • Braves at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET: Atlanta has no room for error in its hunt for the NL wild card. Tim Hudson (15-7, 3.47) looks to get back on the winning track. He is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in his last two starts. Oliver Perez (13-9, 3.46) has pitched well against the Braves. He is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in four starts this season.

Livan Hernandez • Diamondbacks at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET: San Francisco has the eye of the spoiler, so Arizona cannot avoid to get complacent. Livan Hernandez (10-9, 4.79) is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three appearances. The veteran will square off against rookie phenom Tim Lincecum (7-4, 4.05), who is 3-3 with a 4.28 ERA at AT&T Park.

• Monday's complete list of probable starters


 

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